4 Cell Phones That Can Take a Beating


2011-11-01, By JOHN BRANDON
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Sure, smartphones are sexy. But most can't take a beating. Geared toward use by mobile workers or people on work sites, these rugged phones are built to withstand tough conditions. We roughed them up to see just how much abuse they can take.

Casio G'zOne Commando This 5.5-ounce Android smartphone has a bright 3.6-inch touchscreen, large front speakers, a 5-megapixel camera, and a hard plastic shell. It survived an hour in the freezer, a dousing with coffee, and a drop into a gravel pit, but the screen broke when we whacked it against a metal chair. Sound quality during calls was average. The phone lasts about 7.5 hours fully charged. Cost: $450, or $200 with a two-year Verizon contract

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